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Comic-Con@Home: The Best TV Panels

This year's Comic-Con International, aptly titled Comic-Con@Home, will be hosted online beginning this week. Although the usual big names such as Marvel Studios, Warner Bros. and Lucasfilm will not be in attendance, there are still plenty of television panels worth checking out.

The panels run the gamut from futuristic cosmic adventures, beloved animation, superhero gore and vampire comedies, and there's something for everyone. While there are dozens of interesting panels scheduled, here are a select few to pay close attention to.

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Star Trek Universe (Thursday, July 23, 10 AM PT)

The first full day of television panels kicks off with a mega hour of Star Trek content. In addition to appearances and discussions from the cast and crew of the ongoing Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard, the event will also provide and exclusive look at the upcoming Star Trek: Lower Decks, which will focus on the less flashy crew members of the U.S.S. Cerritos, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, a look at the early days of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Trekkies won't want to miss this extensive coverage of the present and future of the franchise, as well as a cast table read of Discovery.

His Dark Materials (Thursday, July 23, 1 PM PT)

Stars like Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott and Lin-Manuel Miranda will be on hand to discuss the first season of the show, adapted from the world-famous book series of the same name. Though the first season mainly covered the same story as was seen in the film The Golden Compass, the upcoming season promises to delve deeper into the stories explored in Philip Pullman's The Subtle Knife, as the two alternate worlds of Lyra and Will come together in the multiverse.

The Boys (Thursday, July 23, 3 PM PT)

The hotly anticipated second season of The Boys will drop in September, but for now, almost the entire main cast is coming together to video-chat with fans and give them a behind the scenes look at the new episodes. Anyone aching for new superhero content with the absence of new movies, or looking for a bloody and irreverent take on the genre would do well to watch the first season and tune in to this panel. The panel will probably be one of the most star-studded, with Karl Urban, Chace Crawford and Karen Fukuhara all set to turn up.

Vikings (Friday, July 24, 11 AM PT)

As the second half of the long-running medieval show's final season approaches on the horizon, this Comic-Con panel might be one of the last chances to see the cast all together in one place. The show's original stars, from Travis Fimmel to Katheryn Winnick and Clive Standen, and a host of others, will be coming together to recount their best memories from the set and interacting with fans. Though it may be hard to say goodbye, fans can enjoy one last trip down memory lane with their favorite series regulars before they sail off to other projects.

Fear the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead & The Walking Dead: World Beyond (Friday, July 24, 12 - 2 PM PT)

Though they're technically three separate panels, all will stream back to back to back, and each one will feature The Walking Dead Universe. The first hour will give fans a look into Fear the Walking Dead's the upcoming Season 6, which promises to be much darker than previous seasons, according to show-runners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg. The second portion will promote The Walking Dead's Season 10 finale, "A Certain Doom," which will finally reveal the conclusion of the group's conflict with the Whisperers, which has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And finally, the final hour will preview The Walking Dead: World Beyond, the franchise's third show that will depict a much younger group of survivors.

Helstrom (Friday, July 25, 3 PM PT)

Hulu will be debuting its newest Marvel Universe project, Helstrom, that follows the occult and arcane story of siblings Daimon and Ana Helstrom, investigators and hunters of the supernatural. The series' concept is sure to appeal to those interested in superheroes, paranormal and true crime. The original comic's depiction of Satanism and Wicca drew incredible amounts of controversy when it was first released in the 1970s, and could reenter the cultural zeitgeist once again if the series is successful.

Wynonna Earp (Friday, July 25, 5 PM PT)

Wynonna Earp's fourth season has faced incredible odds, from financial concerns to pandemic-induced cancellations. But just like Wynonna has defeated the revenants with a steely determination, the season has persevered and will finally debut on July 26. The panel promises to discuss the new season, and will also include a trivia competition between creator Emily Andras and the actors, so fans should tune in with their thinking hats on.

What We Do in the Shadows (Friday, July 25, 5 PM PT)

Taika Waititi is one of the hottest names in Hollywood, and the series based on his film is just as funny and honest as the original. What We Do in the Shadows features fantastic mockumentary-style cinematography, and handles themes of gender, race and sexuality in a surprisingly confident manner. Viewers looking for a great comedy and compelling characters with lots of chemistry should give the panel a chance, as none other than Haley Joel Osment is moderating a discussion of the upcoming third season.